Utah State University

USU Permaculture Initiative Assistant: 2022

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/18/2021 5:19 PM)
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Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
20 Hours per Week
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Environment & Society
Advertised Salary
bi-monthly approximately $330.86 (for a total of $7,941 for the 12-month period)


Applications are now being accepted for a 12-month term (900 hours, approximately 20 hours/week) AmeriCorps position with the Utah State University (USU) Permaculture Initiative, coordinated by USU Extension Sustainability. The AmeriCorps Permaculture Initiative Assistant will work with a variety of audiences primarily via education and outreach. Permaculture is a design framework guided by ethics and principles, mimicking the diversity, functionality and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Permaculture is a design process mimicking the diversity, functionality and resilience of natural ecosystems. The principles and practices are drawn from traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous cultures combined with modern scientific understanding and technological innovations. Permaculture design provides a framework helping individuals and communities develop innovative, creative and effective strategies for meeting basic needs while preparing for and mitigating the projected impacts of climate change.

An education stipend of $3,172.50 will also be offered upon successful completion of the 900 hour commitment.


Position Goal
To increase involvement with the USU main campus permaculture garden - and understanding of permaculture design - by university faculty, students, facilities staff, and Cache Valley residents.


Position Objectives

  • Complete garden maintenance, harvesting, and integrate additional planting as needed in collaboration with the permaculture leadership team (found at permaculture.usu.edu under “Our Partners”), Bridgerland Audubon Society and USU Facilities. Garden Site Operation Manual to be referenced for all maintenance and harvesting.
  • Pursue pergola and bench installation through a Blue Goes Green Macro Grant Application.
  • Oversee dietetic students completing garden rotations to fulfill required supervised practice rotations and volunteer experiences (in collaboration with Alyssa Reidhead in NDFS).
  • Further student service learning opportunities through collaborating with the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning, as well as the Student Sustainability Office.
  • House community workshops/garden tours/webinars at least once a month, advertised via the permaculture meetup page, local newspapers, flyers, and social media (COVID-19 protocol to be followed with any in-person events).
  • Host community seed swap in April using leftover seeds from last year - hosted at Crumb Brothers.
  • Design and manage a strategic plan for community and USU class involvement in permaculture, including service, educational and fundraising events. Plan should include expansion and longevity of the USU permaculture initiative.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will have a background in education, horticulture, ecology, or landscape architecture and environmental planning.
  • Must enjoy being outdoors and working with all age groups. 

Preferred Qualifications:

The following skills are benefits to this position (and any should be addressed in the letter of interest):

  • Previous teaching experience
  • Experience in permaculture/gardening practices and how to implement
  • Collaborating with a variety of team members, ranging from professors to knowledgeable community members
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Knowledge of how to use gardening equipment and maintaining gardens
  • Capability of overseeing the design and implementation of additional gardens
  • Working with stakeholders/collaborators to develop the budget for the different projects
  • Ability to develop clear priorities for the permaculture initiative, and share these regularly with planning team
  • Procuring seeds and other planting materials
  • Overseeing harvesting, storage, and use of produce
  • Creating or overseeing student/volunteers work schedules
  • Providing evaluations for students completing above experiences
  • Completing letters of recommendation for students applying to programs and internships
  • Harvesting and preserving local produce for use in Food Literacy course and for community donations
  • Planning and implementing education/outreach events, fundraising events and submitting relevant funding proposals

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Letter of Recommendation to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”
  3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

bi-monthly approximately $330.86 (for a total of $7,941 for the 12-month period)


Employees will sometimes work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions. 


This position will also requires considerable physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including heavy lifting and/or pushing and pulling of heavy objects. Employees must be prepared to assume uncomfortable positions, such as crawling, kneeling, and squatting.  Employees work outside and will not be protected from weather conditions, including extreme cold and extreme heat for extended periods. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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